Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

So everyone loves the game Hungry Hungry Hippos, right?!? It's like a childhood least for me. Perhaps this is why my kids looked at me like a mad woman when I asked them if they've ever heard of the game. Hellooooo old woman status. ;) Yikes. Note to self: stop showing your age! 

As soon as I saw the human version of YouTube, I knew I just had to find a way to make it academic. Here is how it went down. 

The students were divided into pairs. Each pair had one minute in the arena to collect as much "food" as possible. 

*** Pretty sure their faces say it all! ***

Once they had collected their food, they headed straight to work. 

I created a booklet that had 7-10 questions that correlated to the colors of food. So I had 7-10 questions for red, pink, blue, orange, green, and yellow. The students took their baskets of food back to the bleachers and would draw one piece of food at a time. If they drew a green piece, they had to answer question #1 under the green section. Then they would throw the food back into the arena. They would continue to answer questions until their food was gone. Then they would head back to the arena for more food. They continued this process until they answered all of the questions in their booklet.  

I organized my questions into the categories that we've studied this quarter. 

Red questions = main idea
Green questions = identifying details 
Yellow questions = annotations 
Blue questions = text structures
Orange questions = figurative language 
Pink questions = identifying theme

Here's a few more shots of the hungry hippos! :) 

Such a fun game. The kids loved it. It was the perfect way to review all of the skills that we've worked so hard on this quarter. 

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